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Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

  • Open the door to a wide range of graduate roles & specialisations with a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
  • The Australian Government covers part of the cost of the course (if you pay via HECS-HELP loan)
  • Recognised by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

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At a glance

Study mode

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Online

Provider

Swinburne (RTO 3059)
Career Opportunities
  • Psychologist
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Counselling Psychologist
Recognition

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.
Recognised by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Prerequisites

Relevant academic or work experience

Location

Online

Course length
Set your own timetable & finish the course within 2 years (minimum) to 9 years (maximum)
Study mode

Online


Online

Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.

Blended

Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.

In-class

Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

Assessment
Reports, essays, projects & exams
Start date

3 start dates per year.

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Provider
Swinburne (RTO 3059)

This Swinburne University of Technology qualification is delivered by Swinburne Online.

As a Swinburne Online student you'll graduate with a nationally recognised Swinburne University qualification, and have the flexibility of studying online when it suits you.

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Swinburne (RTO 3059)
Payment options

Study now pay later – HECS-HELP

Upfront payment

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Price
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The cost of a course can vary depending on a few factors, including:

  • Whether you are an Australian resident
  • How you pay for the course (via a government loan, via a payment plan, or upfront)

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Prerequisites

To gain entry into this course, you must have:

  • Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent, (VCE studies must have included successful completion of units 3 and 4 in English with a minimum study score of 25 in English), and meet the associated minimum ATAR; OR
  • a Certificate IV qualification or above; OR
  • at least 4 years of related work experience

Courses are only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

What you'll learn

You'll get to study specialised areas such as:

  • Developmental psychology
  • Cognition
  • Social psychology
  • Personality
  • Design and measurement
  • Psychological measurement
  • Abnormal psychology

Course structure

24 units

Core units

  1. Learning & communicating online


    This unit will introduce fundamentals of communication and learning in an online environment. Students will gain increased capability in a range of skills such as online written communication, collaboration in individual and group work, and critiquing and analysing a variety of information sources. Students will be encouraged to draw on their own understanding and experience while contributing and sharing ideas with peers.

  2. Psychology 101


    Psychology 101 and Psychology 100 are designed to introduce a wide variety of introductory content areas that form the building blocks of psychology that are developed further in more advanced units. This unit concentrates on intelligence, motivation and emotion. Other topics covered include personality, sexuality, stress and coping and psychopathology. You are also introduced to social and developmental psychology.

  3. Developmental psychology


    Developmental Psychology aims to understand the processes involved in psychological growth and change with age. The focus is on social, emotional, cognitive and language development during the early periods of life from infancy and childhood through to adolescence.

  4. Abnormal psychology


    This unit of study is designed to introduce students to the ways in which human behavioural patterns have been conceptualised as ‘abnormal’ or dysfunctional. In examining such abnormal behaviours, students are introduced to major systems of classifying mental disorders, in particular the multiaxial system adopted in DSM-IV-TR. The unit focuses on major examples of psychological disorders in terms of their phenomenology and nosology, as well as theories about aetiology.

  5. Psychology of personality


    This unit aims to explain the main features of some of the major approaches to the psychology of personality including the psychodynamic (psychoanalytic/neoanalytic), social, learning, cognitive, motivational, and narrative approaches. Students will be able to describe basic elements of historically important and contemporary theories within each perspective, and critically evaluate how various approaches to personality explain specific issues such as the unconscious, the self, personality change, the effect of early childhood experiences, and the effect of motivation on personality.

  6. Analysis of variance


    This unit introduces you to the statistical package SPSS for Windows (SPSS stands for Statistical Package for the Social Sciences). Students develop their capacity to carry out independent statistical investigations, together with an awareness of the assumptions and limitations involved with the generalisation of results of such investigations.

  7. Psychology 100


    Psychology 100 and Psychology 101 are designed to introduce the content and method of psychology. This unit will provide discipline-based knowledge and professional capabilities and experiences contributing to your progress in attaining analytical skills, problem-solving skills, communications skills and the ability to work independently.

  8. Cognition & human performance


    This unit aims to provide up-to-date coverage of recent theoretical and methodological advancements in cognitive psychology. This unit of study examines theories of cognitive functioning and processes, including perception, attention, memory, problem-solving, decisionmaking, language, and aspects of learning. Some contemporary issues and theoretical applications will also be considered.

  9. Psychology project A


    This unit aims to give students a mastery of fundamental theoretical and practical skills through selecting, designing, administering and interpreting psychological measures within the framework of a project. The project is designed to engage students in authentic professional activities, and provide opportunities to develop skills such as project management, teamwork, communication skills, and reflective thinking, which are highly valued by employers.

  10. Social psychology


    This unit of study is designed to introduce students to the ways in which human behavioural patterns have been conceptualised as 'abnormal' or dysfunctional. In examining such abnormal behaviours, students are introduced to major systems of classifying mental disorders, in particular the multiaxial system adopted in DSM-IV-TR. The unit focuses on major examples of psychological disorders in terms of their phenomenology and nosology, as well as theories about aetiology.

  11. Foundations of statistics


    This unit provides students with the necessary skills to carry out independent statistical investigation and an awareness of the assumptions and limitations involved with the generalisation of the results of such investigations. Students are expected to summarise data, identify research questions, determine and identify appropriate research designs, analyse the data using the statistical package SPSS for Windows and interpret the results in a report writing format.

  12. Multivariate statistics


    This unit aims to provide the theoretical background and practical skills which will enable students to:

    • Critically assess statistics presented in journal articles
    • Choose appropriate analyses to perform on their own data
    • Understand the assumptions and limitations involved in the analyses
    • Screen data and, if necessary, transform variables before analysis
    • Perform data analyses using SPSS for Windows
    • Write an informative report on the data analysis

Major units

    Electives

    You will need to complete 12 electives as part of this course. You can select your units from a range of other Swinburne Online courses.

    Support and delivery

    Studying with Swinburne Online

    Support for students

    Set your own timetable

    Designed for maximum flexibility, this psychology course allows you to study anytime, anywhere.

    There are 3 teaching periods a year, and you can enrol in 1 to 4 units every period.

    Payment options

    There are 2 ways you can pay for this course:

    1. Study now pay later – HECS-HELP

    This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme.

    This means you don’t need to pay upfront for the course if you:

    2. Upfront payment

    You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

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